Bboy Dance Community
Street dancers perform amazing flips, freezes and power moves backed by a powerful hip-hop beat. Their up-tempo choreography combines gymnastic grace with a kind of battlefield frenzy, resembling the ritual street competitions of the breakdance community. Come watch an athletic team of breakdancers push the limits of their bodies in a dynamic and entertaining programme for all.
Watch and listen in appreciation as British street-performer Flowkey assembles his music before your eyes, looping beats and riffs together as background accompaniment for his acoustic playing and raw, emotive vocals. His minimal songs with simple rhythmic hooks will remind you of early Motown, while his soulful, energetic busking will leave a lasting musical impression.
Lap Tap Guitar
A lap-tap guitarist par excellence, Adam dynamic playing produces a unique sound that has enchanted audiences around the world.
Adam’s musical talent has carried him across various festivals, from Edinburgh to Bahrain, Muscat, Dubai and now Abu Dhabi. Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Adam came to lap-tap playing by accident, quite literally. The style came to him after a small accident fractured one of Adam’s fingers and made it difficult to play the guitar normally. This led him to learn the “Lap-Tapping” technique.
Adam will be busking around the festival, powerfully tapping away at his frets and strings to draw you in with his captivating cacophony.
Join the Middle East’s largest and longest-running performance arts collective for a celebration of spoken word poetry. Since 2012 Rooftop Rhythms has provided a platform for many of the region’s most talented and emerging poets and spoken words artists. Now they bring a festival-sized lineup to the Mother of the Nation amphitheatre to help promote positive self-expression while speaking out on universal topics like love, humanity and living in the UAE.
Chronicles of Khan
Blending the influence of different generations of rock icons—from Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones to Nirvana and Dave Mathews—Chronicles of Khan has still managed to craft a hard-rocking sound that has made them a popular mainstay of local festival stages. Expect a full-blown rock-n-roll show when this expat collective brings their dynamic energy and showmanship to amphitheatre stage for this year’s Mother of the Nation Festival.
The Deer Hum
The Deer Hum is a 5-man indie-alternative act whose members hail from India, Columbia and the Philippines. Their catchy and introspective music revolves around the expatriate experience of living in the UAE. They are a regular fixture in the local indie music scene and are currently recording their first EP.
Mixing styles and mixing cultures is the formula for Imbue’s unique fusion sound. Syrian lead singer and guitarist Maher Al Halabi brings an uplifting groove which is rooted in bossa nova and flavored with jazz and Arabic elements, while Latin percussion, Lebanese bass and Cuban woodwinds support the melody. Their versatility makes them a popular fixture in the UAE music scene, while their diversity exemplifies the power of music to unite.
MOTN Cypher is an informal gathering of hip-hop artists—DJs, rappers and breakdancers--performing together in a musical jam. Music, lyrics and movements blending together in a powerful tour de force of expressive energy! Unlike rap or dance “battles,” a cypher is a show of unity, aligning with the values of the Mother of the Nation Festival.